- Denied any political pressure to step down
- Students stage protest demanding withdrawal of suspension of six students
Cuttack: Ravenshaw University Vice Chancellor (VC) Prakash Chandra Sarangi on Monday resigned following student unrest on the campus.
Earlier, Sarangi had suspended six students from appearing semesters following group clash between the students of two hostels.
The VC said students are protesting the suspension of the six students due to political vendetta.
“Nobody either asked or said me to step down from the post. I decided not to withdraw the suspension imposed on some students as demanded by some students. They are protesting the suspension due to political vendetta. It would be difficult for someone to work where there is a political motive. So, I decided to tender resignation,” said Sarangi.
Students from Lalitgiri hostels and New Hostels had a group clash on November 21 owing to which the University authorities had suspended six students and warned 10 others on March 4 after conducting an investigation and verifying the CCTV footage.
According to reports, three students were suspended from four semesters while other three from two semesters.
Demanding withdrawal of the suspension, more than hundred students had protested in front of the office of the VC today.